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From Joe

by on December 3, 2013

From Joe

Interesting article…

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  1. I thought this article was interesting because it presents readers with a conclusion: cyber Monday shopping, in most cases, is more eco-friendly than black Friday in-store shopping. Like the Christmas tree articles, the information regarding carbon footprints can put a damper on holiday cheer. However, it’s uplifting to see that we don’t have to give up a thanksgiving/Christmas tradition. Knowing that cyber Monday serves as a more viable option to back Friday shopping, we can adapt our customs. While neither serves as a perfect, sustainable practice, we can at least make a more informed, slightly better decision.

  2. Ashley Leonard permalink

    I believe that this article is an important read for today’s population of shoppers. As soon as I woke up this past Black Friday, media was already buzzing about the commotion of shoppers frantically pushing their way through store-packed malls to get the best deals. Still in my pajamas, I peacefully went to a few of my favorite online stores, and even on Friday, there were some great deals that I didn’t have to travel anywhere for. While I knew that my decision to shop online was more eco-friendly then traveling to the store, my honest intentions were more conveniently based than about the pollution to the atmosphere my 40 minute drive and back would take me had I visited the stores in person. Our society has been shaped for conveniency rather than eco-friendly, where we can get the best deal with the least amount of effort. But with this reality in mind, corporate industries must take advantage of the easy accessibility of online purchases to both help the environment and increase sales. By placing the same deals online as in stores, especially on Black Friday in addition to Cyber Monday, people will be more influenced to complete their shopping online than in person. However, stores want people to roam through the other aisles as well and see other items to purchase in person that they may not come across online, leaving the reality of a greater transition from in-store purchases to online purchases at a distance.

  3. After reading this article, I found the results to be shocking! I couldn’t believe that shopping online is more “green” than going to the mall to shop. Just thinking about the amount of packaging that goes into a shipped product, the box it comes in, the packing peanuts or bubble wrap, the extra paper, the bag or box the actual product comes in, that seems like a lot of waste for one product. Then you have to think about the shipping that goes into it. Some things come from the complete opposite side of the country! That’s a lot of mileage that package has to travel. It does not seem like driving a mere 10 minutes or so drive to a mall, parking, and walking around on foot inside the mall would be less “green”. With the equations and formulas that they used to figure it out, I can now understand why it is the other way around. I would have never realized it! I guess the more you think about it, all of the products in the stores had to come from somewhere as well, so on top of all of that adding the traveling of the people going to buy the products. I know they mentioned that it is the simplest form of running the numbers and that they’re not completely accurate, but it still says something. This article is so interesting, and really shows the “behind the scenes” look at the shopping industry on both Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

  4. hagerbridget permalink

    I have always enjoyed the simplicity of online shopping. You are able to purchase whatever you need from the comfort of you home. However, when I would “track” my order and realize that my shipment would not arrive for a couple of days because it was being shipped from another part of the country, the carbon footprint never occurred to me. However, when we began to talk about the carbon footprint of a simple cheese burger in class, I began to think of other things that travel from different parts of the country to my doorstep. Therefore, while it takes gas to fuel my car to drive me to the mall, it is no where near the amount of gas it takes to fuel a truck from Florida to New Jersey. Therefore, I too was surprised to see that “cyber” monday had a lesser carbon footprint than that of “black friday.” However, upon further reflection, who knows where all of the merchandise in the store came from. The bulk orders made in anticipation of intense shoppers on black friday. Therefore, the confusion was cleared up through the article. It was very thought provoking and will certainly remain with me through the holiday season.

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